- Series: Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st edition (April 6, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014017737X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140177374
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 759 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.98 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
The Pearl Paperback – February 1, 1993
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“[The Pearl] has the distinction and sincerity that are evident in everything he writes.”The New Yorker
“Form is the most important thing about him. It is at its best in this work.” Commonweal
“[Steinbeck has] long trained his prose style for such a task as this: that supple unstrained, muscular power, responsive to the slightest pull of the reins.”Chicago Sunday Times
About the Author
John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929).
After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history.
The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989).
Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
759 customer reviews
Review this product
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-8 of 759 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The story is a retelling of a Mexican folktale and revolves around a small, poor family whose son becomes gravely ill. After the father character, Kino, finds a massive pearl in the waters near their village, their fortunes change and Kino begins to dream of a better life for the small family he loves. Soon, however, the dream turns nightmarish as wealth brings out the worst in Kino and the people around him.
It's a bitter tale and a warning of what a sudden change in status and wealth can do to people. Like modern day lottery winners, it often leaves the person/people worse off than they ever were before. This is a very readable story about social status, wealth, education and greed. I personally was impacted more by 'Of Mice and Men,' but I'm also glad to have read this story. Steinbeck's writing is emotional and I think most people who take the time to read this story will enjoy it.
readers reflect upon their own lives by pushing the boundaries of issues like poverty, and the true
meaning of happiness. And the ability to relate to a story is something that I constantly look for
when I want to read a book.
I also very much enjoyed how Steinbeck set up the entire plot of the story to coincide
with the discovery of the pearl and to emphasize how bad its discovery was. The story starts out
very peacefully in a Mexican town with the main character Kino, his wife Juana, and their baby
Coyotito. They live in a rather poverty stricken community with not much opportunity to make
money. Kino provides for his family by gathering food from the ocean and simultaneously
looking for pearls inside of clams. Trouble does eventually arise though when his baby is stung
by a scorpion and the only doctor available refuses to help them due to their lack of money. But
their luck seems to turn around when Kino comes upon an enormous pearl, promptly name "the
pearl of the world" by his neighbors.
It soon becomes apparent though that the pearl is perhaps not all that it seems. This book
constantly reminded me of Gollum from Lord of the Ring, who frequently obsessed over the power of
the ring. Much like Gollum, Kino began to change after he found something of great value. As
Baron Acton once said "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Kino soon falls victim to the
promises that the pearl holds as he is consumed by his own paranoia of losing the pearl.
I have also read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and I think both the books are very
good but I did enjoy Of Mice and Men more because it focused more on an entertaining story
rather than focusing on the morale of the story. If you do enjoy learning lessons from books than
I would definitely recommend the Pearl, but if you are looking for an action packed story, I
would look for another book. All in all though, I still think the Pearl was a very good book and
would recommend anyone looking for a nice and easy book.